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Moment by Moment!

    Moment by moment I’m kept in His love; Moment by
moment I’ve life from above; Looking to Jesus till glory doth shine; Moment by
moment, O Lord, I am Thine.

     We are a world tethered to
schedules of time, moment by moment.  We
arise on time, we have a ‘bed time’, and a prescribed amount of hours when we ‘must’
sleep.  There is a time to eat… whether
we are hungry or not. As a young mother, I read a book about ‘getting your baby
on schedule’…this did not seem feasible to me then or now.    
         Retirement means no more clock-watching
and schedule setting. Yet, there are times of appointments for doctors, and when
we ‘take time off’ for a vacation.
         Sometimes a stoplight seems forever,
and moments of our lives also seem forever. 
The moments most precious are the moments God calls us to listen to
Him.  He calls us to an awareness of His
Precious Presence!
         A chance remark by Henry Varley during
the Chicago World Fair to Daniel Whittle in 1893, “I don’t like the hymn, I Need Thee Every Hour.  I need Jesus more often than that.”  Major Whittle thought about this and wrote
the hymn, Moment by Moment.
         One scripture impressed me early on is
from Matthew 28:20 – “
Teach
these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of
this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” 
These
Words of Jesus are as true in the 21st century as the 1st
Century.
         We are not left alone in
this world and without ready communication with our Lord day and night.  There are no outages of communication on the
part of our Lord.  The only static or
non-communication is on our end.  This
happens through the choices we make to sin and ignore our Lord God. 
         Hebrews 13:5 –  Don’t love money; be satisfied with what you have. For God has said, I will never fail
you.
I will
never abandon you.”
         Never
a heartache and never a groan, Never a teardrop and never a moan;      Never a danger, but there on the throne, Moment
by moment, He thinks of His own.
         Before Major Whittle became
a minister, he fought in the Civil War. WholesomeWords.org,
tells the story…compiled by Hy Pickering. Major Whittle awoke with an amputation
from the elbow down on one arm.  He
looked in his belongings, and found a New Testament his Mother had packed for
him.  He began reading…realizing that the
words came alive with meaning through the experiences he had endured of war,
the amputation – deaths of his fellow soldiers. 
Not intending to become a Christian, he continued to read. 
         One night a nurse came to him, “Major
Whittle, one of your men is dying and wants you to come and pray with him.  I saw that you were reading the New
Testament, and knew I could ask you.” 
Major Whittle went unwillingly. 
He knew the condition of his heart and he had never prayed before to
God. The young soldier was a Christian, but had sinned and wanted prayer.  Major Whittle knelt beside the young soldier
and began by praying for forgiveness of his own sins and then the sins of the young
soldier.  When he rose again, he realized
two things – he was forgiven and the young soldier had died forgiven. The young
soldier’s face was the countenance of peace. 
         Moment by moment, Daniel Whittle was
not forgotten by our Lord Jesus.  The
Lord God who set the world into motion, has a plan for each of us and works it
out for his purposes.  Jeremiah 29:11 –
For
I know the plans I have for you,” says the
Lord. “They are plans for good and not
for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.
         Our enemy is death and we
fear this moment, and when we realize Jesus has conquered death and lives
again…we are blessed and at peace.  I
Corinthians 15:57 –
But
thank God! He gives us victory over sin and death through our Lord Jesus
Christ.
         Who is this God who walks
with us every moment?  This God who
forgives us of our sins because of His Son, Jesus?  The One who knows our plans and actions
before we are born.  No matter how brief
our life, it counts with our Jehovah, The Lord God who created the earth, formed
Adam and Eve, made a covenant with Abraham, and set the star in the sky to lead
the Wisemen to the manger where Jesus was born. 
This same Jehovah Lord of God will send Jesus to earth at the end of the
Age.
         I’m
no longer a slave to fear, I am a child of God. 
I am surrounded by the arms of the Father, I am surrounded by songs of
Deliverance.  Yes, I am a child of God,
Full of faith!  (Bethel
Music
         Job 9:4 For God is so wise and so mighty.
Who has ever challenged him successfully?
         Psalm
136 –
Give
thanks to him who alone does mighty miracles. His faithful love endures forever.

Give
thanks to him who made the heavens so skillfully.

His faithful love endures forever.
         I Peter 1:25 – But the word of the Lord remains
forever.” And that word is the Good News that was preached to you.

         

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